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IFPSM Members Newsletter

Newsletter April 2020

In this newsletter IFPSM Office shares information, news and updates of the upcoming events. We want this newsletter to be valuable for you so please share your feedback and suggestions to help us improve and serve you better. Please share this Newsletter to your association’s members.

IFPSM World Summit postponed to October 2021

The next IFPSM World Summit will be held in Indonesia hosted by Indonesia Procurement Professional Association, IAPI. However, as the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily halted traveling and force us all to adapt a new operating environment, IFPSM has decided to postpone the next IFPSM World Summit to be held in October 2021. That will give all of us time to recover from the crises and organize even better World Summit in a year 2021. Please notice this if you have done some traveling plans already concerning the World Summit 2020.

IFPSM Office encourage every national association to be active to acquire sponsors to the World Summit. IFPSM and IAPI offers two different sponsor opportunities: Bali Sponsor Package (USD 14.000 ex. VAT 10%) and Nusa Dua Sponsor Package (USD 8.000 ex. VAT 10%). More information can be required from the Office.

IFPSM Global Standard

New verification system for IFPSM Global Standard has been launched over the web. The verification system adds unique QR-code for each certificate, which enables to cross check the validity of the educational institution’s Global Standard as well as the authenticity of the individual’s certificates. Certificates for the students, who has been completed the course with the IFPSM Global Standard or Programme Accreditation Standard, can be ordered from the IFPSM Office (12 € per certificate).

Global News Media

IFPSM is planning to develop and launch an IFPSM news media offering interesting news and valuable information to all procurement and supply chain professionals around the globe. would work as a landing page for the profession’s best practices and global knowledge and hence strengthen the value of the global IFPSM network. The collection of the news and articles would rely mainly on the member associations offering a great global visibility for the national associations. In addition, the planned new media would offer a new income source for the IFPSM’s member associations through sharing of the revenue from sponsors. Would your association be willing to contribute on this new media?

Currently IFPSM Office is sharing member association’s relevant insights about current issues on the IFPSM webpage under the section “News & Blog”. If your association would like to publish globally something via IFPSM, please send the materials to the IFPSM Office.

Access to Member area

IFPSM’s webpage has separate area for the IFPSM members. Access is granted to the Senior delegate, Alternative delegate and the Secretaries of the association that have been named in the Member information sheet. From the member area you can find all the regional meeting materials as well as other relevant information, which is only available for the members. You can register to the area from “Sign Up”-button from the website’s front page (

IFPSM Office is still missing a few Member Information Sheets. Please check that your association has returned the file. Updated contact information ensures that your associations receives the relevant invitations to the global and regional IFPSM meetings and events. Please return the filled Member Information sheet as soon as possible if not yet supplied. IFPSM Office mail:

Survey – Top Procurement Skills

The Belgian Association of Purchasing, Logistics and Supply Chain Executives organizing a survey to determine the hottest skills that are required for entry-level buyers in Europe for 2020. Please take part to the survey by filling the short questionnaire by following this link. IFPSM will share the results of the survey so that everyone can benefit from this survey. Thank you in advance for your input.

IFPSM / IPSERA Summer School: Theories and Supply Management Research

IFPSM and IPSERA organises in collaboration a summer school online in 23-26, June 2020 for doctoral students (PhD Degree) with Erasmus Doctoral Programme in Business and Management. On this IFPSM/IPSERA Summer School, the emphasis is on classical management theories best suited for the studies to related to Purchasing and Supply Management. This IFPSM/IPSERA Summer School is sponsored by the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA), International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM), and the Dutch Purchasing Management Association (NEVI). Registration is now open until 15 May 2020. More information and registration form can be found here:

IFPSM LinkedIn

Please follow IFPSM’s LinkedIn account and share IFPSM’s posts to your own networks to spread the word about IFPSM. Tag @IFPSM and #IFPSM for your relevant posts and the Office can share them to the network.

IFPSM Council Meeting

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the physical IFPSM Council meeting (Annual General Meeting) (originally scheduled to be held on October 14, 2020) will be held virtually during Autumn. More information will follow closer to the meeting.

The next virtual IFPSM Board meeting is on the 17th June 2020. Asia Pacific virtual Regional meeting will be held on the 15th of July 2020 (Physical meeting in Manilla, Philippines has been postponed due the Covid-19 pandemic).

Take care of yourselves and stay healthy!

Markku Henttinen Saana Rantanen

CEO Executive Assistant



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